Top 10: Grocery competition, Campbell and Breyers were hot topics this week

Competition in the grocery industry was a popular topic among SmartBrief’s food and beverage readers this week, with news about trademark issues involving Kroger and Lidl landing at the top of this week’s list of the 10 most-clicked stories in our food and beverage newsletters. Readers also clicked on news of a new online startup called Brandless, which intends to take on the competitive food retail market by offering private label staples for a flat rate of $3 each. News of Lidl’s US expansion also continued to be of interest to SmartBrief readers this week, with news of seven more stores opening in July.

On the CPG front, Campbell Soup’s acquisition of organic soup maker Pacific Foods caught readers’ attention this week. And they cooled down from the summer heat with news of Breyers’ better-for-you Delights line. Stories about new products from General Mills and Mondelez’s belVita line were also among this week’s most popular stories, along with news about PepsiCo’s approach to e-commerce logistics.

Chipotle’s new experimental NEXT eatery was the most-clicked restaurant story this week, and going along with the theme of trying new things, Starbucks’ experimentation with products at its Roastery and Reserve Coffee Bars also made this week’s list of the 10 most-clicked food and beverage stories.

Read the entire list below:

  1. Kroger alleges trademark infringement by Lidl
  2. Campbell Soup acquires Pacific Foods in $700M deal
  3. Breyers joins low-calorie, high-protein ice cream field with Delights line
  4. General Mills rolling out new Chex, Betty Crocker, Old El Paso products
  5. Online CPG startup to sell private-label items for $3 each
  6. New eatery from Chipotle showcases what's NEXT
  7. PepsiCo reviewing logistics of shipping cold drinks via e-commerce
  8. Mondelez to launch protein-enhanced belVita variety
  9. Lidl set to open 7 more stores in July
  10. Starbucks tries out new drinks at Roastery, Reserve Bars

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